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There was double reason for hoopla and cheers in the Lancaster High School conference room on Wednesday afternoon, May 22.
The 2012-13 Lancaster County school term is quickly coming to a close, but the glee wasn’t about summer vacation or graduation.
The hurrahs were for a pair of Bruins’ cheerleaders who are bound for the next level.
LHS seniors Yamonee Watts and Autumn Cauthen each signed scholarships to cheer at Limestone College in Gaffney.
“I’m looking forward to the college experience, having fun and learning,” said Watts, a four-year member of the Bruins cheer squad. “I will let God guide me. I have a plan and steps and I’ll take one step at a time.”
During her Bruins’ cheer career, she earned the Leadership Award and all-region honors. She also sang with the AVP, a school choir known as the Anointed Voices of Praise.
Cauthen has also been involved with the LHS cheerleaders as a four-year member with three letters.
She also sang with the Anointed Voices of Praise. She worked with the Civinettes two years and the Future Educators of America.
“I’m very excited about going to Limestone,” Cauthen said. “This is a big change in my life, but with God and my parents, all things are possible.
“High school is just a huddle, now it’s time to go play the game,” she said.
Lancaster High School cheer coach Jessica Wheeler said she’s proud of the girls.
“They have put in the hard work and dedication,” Wheeler said. “I know these girls will be very successful and I can’t wait to see them cheering in college.”
Wheeler said the two signees were the first in her three years working with the LHS cheer program and the school’s first cheerleaders to sign in 10 years.
“These girls have taken advantage of a fine opportunity to cheer at the next level,” LHS athletic director Mark Strickland said. “We appreciate what they’ve done with our cheer program and we wish them the best in their future.”